Poverty and economic inequality are multidimensional, chronic, and debilitating systemic problems. While they are the products of deliberate economic policies made by those in power, they are often falsely treated as the personal failings of individuals within an otherwise healthy system. Poverty describes the inability to meet basic food, clothing, and shelter needs, while economic inequality describes the larger pattern of a persistent unequal distribution of wealth within a society or country. Those suffering from poverty or economic inequality are at a perpetual disadvantage to improve their economic stability due to the limited or unjust environmental, educational, judicial, and healthcare resources that are the intended or unintended consequences of political decisions. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.
Can I say people were outwardly racist? No, but it’s embedded in our consciousness. It’s not a matter of being overtly racist, it’s how deep it’s bound in there and how much we have to unbind. We all have it. Everyone carries white supremacy. - Latham Thomas